Guest Post: Great Photographic Safari Destinations

English: Memorial plaque of Charles Aldridge S...

English: Memorial plaque of Charles Aldridge Swart who was killed by a leopard in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NOTE: Today’s guest post is from a friend of mine in South Africa that I met many years ago while in Kenya.  If you ever get a chance to visit Kruger Park, make sure you do.  It’s worth the time and effort to get there!

His eyes stare out at you from grey, wrinkled skin. His nose so sharp and pointed it could kill you with one swift stab, he is Africa’s dying unicorn, the magnificent Rhino.

Nothing captures the imagination and soul like a magnificent close-up picture of one of Africa’s wild beasts, but now days everyone thinks they are a photographer when actually getting that perfect, haunting shot is not as easy as one may think.

If it’s the ultimate image you are after when on safari, you should consider investing in a photographic safari where trained rangers, trackers and photographers themselves will help you to turn your photos into works of art.

In the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, the personal Jaci’s Lodges offer photographic safaris. These specialized tours are run by professional photographers and can be tailor made to any level of experience. Pat and Roger de la Harpe lead the safaris and travelers are guaranteed great game sightings which are offset by the gorgeous light found in this region. Their experience ranges from the local Getaway magazine to Africa Geographic and they have also produced their own spectacular photography books.

Umkumbe Safari Lodge is located in the private concession of Sabi Sands which forms part of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge is located alongside a river and offers one of the best big five experiences in South Africa. Umkumbe Safari Lodge offers photographic safaris led by experienced rangers and this is one of the best places to get those unforgettable shots of Africa’s big cats.

For something uniquely different and exclusive consider booking one of Phinda Private Game Reserve’s tailor-made photographic safaris. In the heart of KwaZulu Natal, you will be coached on how to achieve the best wildlife shot from lighting, to camera settings and even editing. With over 480 bird species and a diverse range of wildlife and landscapes, anything is possible at Phinda.


Timbavati Private Nature Reserve near Kruger National Park offers one of the best photographic safaris in South Africa. Hear photographers have the chance of capturing elusive white lions, cheetah and wild dog. You will receive one on one advice from a wildlife instructor, pre, during and after game viewing.

Kapama Private Game Reserve offers a photographic workshop over three nights at their spectacular River Lodge. This workshop is geared towards beginner and intermediate photographers with coaching focusing on composition in action and still shots.

A photographic safari allows you to enjoy free reign. Enjoy a private vehicle so that you can go and stay where you like, taking pictures of what interests you from the smallest dung beetle to the largest elephant. You also get the opportunity to be taught about what works and what doesn’t when working with these wild creatures from experts in the field.

This guest article was submitted by Janine Mare of South African Hotels and South African Lodges. Contact them now to make your booking for a photographic safari in Africa!

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Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist currently living and working in South America.  Connect with him through LinkedIn, the social networking giant for professionals.

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